Video: Man Antagonizes Bison in Yellowstone National Park
OutdoorHub Reporters 08.03.18
Taunting a large buffalo is a very, very bad idea. We already know what can happen if somebody gets too close to these gigantic animals, yet people continue to push it.
In a video that’s less than 1-minute-long, a man on a day trip to Yellowstone National Park makes more bad decisions than we’ve seen all week!
The video shows a bison causing a slight traffic jam on a two-way road in Hayden Valley. It appears confused by the commotion of cars around it, and to make it even worse, some bozo feels the need to get out and pound on his chest.
“Oh God, I can’t watch,” a witness can be heard saying in the video while the bison charges after the man.
Several people have asked officials at the park if they’ve seen the viral video, and here is their stern response:
“Many people have asked if we’ve seen the viral video in which an individual is seen hazing a bison in Yellowstone.
We’ve seen it, and rangers are actively investigating the incident. Superintendent Dan Wenk had this to say after watching the video:
“The individual’s behavior in this video is reckless, dangerous, and illegal. We need people to be stewards of Yellowstone, and one way to do that is to keep your distance from wildlife. Park regulations require people to stay at least 25 yards from animals like bison and elk, and 100 yards from bears and wolves. These distances safeguard both visitors and the remarkable experience of sharing a landscape with thousands of freely-roaming animals. People who ignore these rules are risking their lives and threatening the park experience for everyone else.”
Another way to be a steward: tell a ranger, or call 911, if you see someone whose behavior might hurt them or the park.
Thanks to all of you who’ve shared your concern.”
Finally, here’s the video you’ve probably been hearing about: